Laser Acne Scar Removal – A Timeline of What to Expect

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Do you suffer from acne scars? Then it’s about time you stop wasting time covering them up and do something about it. With so many treatment options available today on the market, it’s hard to find one that will work for you, which can understandably be frustrating. Laser acne scar removal using a fractional laser has shown significant results when used to treat acne scars on a consistent basis, and it might just be time to talk to a licensed medical laser technician and see for yourself.

What is Laser Acne Scar Removal?

Laser acne scar removal is a way of treating the skin so that leaves the skin rejuvenated and makes acne marks less apparent. It works by using a laser to target the damaged skin cells that make up the scars deep within the layers of the skin. By using a fractional laser, this can be done without affecting the skin’s surface. In fact, laser acne scar removal is so exact that only the scarred skin is targeted while the rest remains untouched. This is different from many other acne scar removal methods, as most others tend to peel off the surface layers of the skin across the entire face.

Each laser treatment is done by creating microscopic wounds, destroying the damaged skin cells and ultimately encouraging the body to go into repair mode. You will naturally begin to produce new, healthy skin cells that won’t have the imperfections of your acne scars. Additionally, laser treatments encourage collagen production during the healing process, so your skin will be left smooth and flawless once you’ve completed all of your laser sessions. Everyone requires a different number of treatments to completely eliminate their acne scars, so the only way to know how many you’ll need is to sit down with a licensed medical laser technician for a consultation.

The Consultation

During your (typically free) consultation, you will sit down with a licensed medical laser technician to discuss your skin condition. It’s recommended that you go into the laser clinic with bare skin so that it can be assessed in its natural state. You will be asked to fill out some medical forms along with a questionnaire regarding your skin sensitivity. This is to help your laser technician when creating your customized treatment plan. After explaining what your desired results are, you will learn how many laser treatments you will need to meet that goal.

The First Laser Treatment

If all goes well during your consultation, you might be able to start your laser treatments right away. Typically, if you’re experiencing a breakout or inflammation, the licensed medical laser technician will recommend waiting until it clears up. If you’re able to receive your first laser acne scar removal treatment that same day, then you’ll be on your way to clearer skin. Laser sessions typically take an average of 20 minutes. Since fractional lasers don’t affect the skin’s surface, there is no downtime or recovery needed afterward, so no worries if you need to squeeze your appointment in during your lunch break and have to go back to the office. You might experience some stinging and redness, but that’s uncommon and tends to go away within the hour.

After the First Laser Treatment

Even after just a single laser treatment, you’ll notice a difference in your skin. The tone will appear more even and the texture will start to feel smoother. As time passes in between your laser treatments, which are typically eight weeks apart, the skin will continue to improve. This is due to the fact that your skin will take a few weeks to heal and your collagen production has been given a boost.

The Second Laser Treatment

By your second laser appointment, you’ll be a pro. With the paperwork all done, your appointment will be much quicker. You’ll also be more confident going out in public with a bare face as your first treatment will have improved your skin quite a bit. If you experienced any redness or irritation after your first laser session, it’s less likely you will the second time around.

After the Second Laser Treatment

This is when you will start to notice that most of your more prominent acne scars have faded and some have disappeared completely. Unless you have extremely mild acne scarring, you will likely need more laser treatments, but with each passing day, you will continue to notice an improvement in your skin’s tone and texture. After seeing how your skin reacted to the first laser session, your licensed medical laser technician should be able to give you a better idea of how many treatments you will need down the line to fully erase your scars.

Now, watch as Ya Chica Ivy from Power 96 in Miami, Florida gets her first laser facial treatment in this video to see just how simple it all is!